Wealdstone fight back from two goals down to secure cup progress
PUBLISHED: 22:30 16 October 2015
Shaun Lucien came off the bench to score a late winner for Wealdstone on Tuesday night as Gordon Bartlett's side fought back from two goals down to get the better of Edgware Town and progress to the third round.
The result was a fourth straight win for Stones, but it was a far from convincing display as they struggled past a side four divisions below them in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One.
Bartlett made nine changes to the side which beat Brockenhurst 5-1 in their FA Cup third round qualifying tie, with only Josh Urquhart and Oliver Duffy retaining their places in the starting XI.
Tyler Christian-Law and Scott Davies both had long-range efforts early on for the hosts, with Paul Marks and Jay Molloy also threatening for the visitors.
The home crowd were silenced soon afterwards as Edgware took a shock lead through Jack Smith, who let rip from 20 yards, curling a glorious effort into the corner.
The visitors then had a strong penalty claim turned down just a few minutes later as Molloy went down from a challenge in the box from Carl Martin.
Molloy wasn’t to be denied for long, though, as he doubled the visitors advantage, sending shockwaves across Grosvenor Vale. He turned away easily from his marker before easing into the box and firing the ball home past Garry Malone as the hosts went into the break two goals down.
Stones got themselves firmly back into the game with two quickfire goals shortly after the interval.
First, Josh Hutchinson volleyed home from a Athanasios Lampernakis cross, before skipper Michael Corcoran drew Bartlett’s men level with a scrappy effort, with the Edgware defence insisting the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
With the home side pressing for a winner, Bradley Hudson-Odoi struck the bar with a rasping curling effort from outside the box, before Hutchinson forced a good save from Sam Styles.
The Edgware keeper was at his best again as he clawed away two Wealdstone efforts before substitute Lucien rifled home from close range when the loose ball fell to him inside the area.
Edgware had a golden opportuntiy to take the game to extra-time but Nick Turner somehow shot over with the goal at his mercy, as both Lucien and Scott McGleish squandered chances to kill off the game at the other end.
The hosts ended the game with 10 men as Marks was given his marching orders for a second bookable as he made a high challenge on Lampernakis.
Next up for Stones is a trip to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday as they look to start moving up the league.